Best Documentaries

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1. For All Mankind (1989)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History

An in-depth look at various NASA moon landing missions, starting with Apollo 8.

Director: Al Reinert | Stars: Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 4,352 | Gross: $0.77M

2. Tower (2016)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime

92 Metascore

Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.

Director: Keith Maitland | Stars: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson, Monty Muir

Votes: 6,521 | Gross: $0.09M

3. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Thriller

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 47,868 | Gross: $2.80M

4. Strong Island (2017)

TV-MA | 107 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker's brother.

Director: Yance Ford | Stars: Yance Ford, Harvey Walker, Kevin Myers, Lauren Ford

Votes: 2,860

5. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

90 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 19,309

6. King in the Wilderness (2018)

TV-14 | 111 min | Documentary

97 Metascore

A look at the final years in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Director: Peter W. Kunhardt

Votes: 374

7. Weiner (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.

Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | Stars: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Jordan Zain Weiner, Barbara Morgan

Votes: 9,001 | Gross: $1.61M

8. Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

TV-14 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

A documentary exploring the life and career of notorious Republican dirty trickster and longtime Trump adviser, Roger Stone, who helped create the real estate mogul's political career.

Directors: Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme | Stars: Roger Stone, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Jeffrey Toobin

Votes: 5,315

9. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 49,255 | Gross: $2.96M

10. Faces Places (2017)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

94 Metascore

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda | Stars: Agnès Varda, JR, Jeannine Carpentier, Clemens Van Dungern

Votes: 8,140 | Gross: $0.95M

11. The Witness (I) (2015)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

79 Metascore

The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.

Director: James D. Solomon | Stars: William Genovese, Shannon Beeby, Kitty Genovese, Catherine Pelonero

Votes: 3,578

12. Newtown (2016)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, History

87 Metascore

A look at how the community of Newtown, Connecticut came together in the aftermath of the largest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history.

Director: Kim A. Snyder | Stars: Gene Rosen, Syeda Suriya Ahmed, Abbey Clements, Sally Cox

Votes: 1,463 | Gross: $0.01M

13. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 55,010 | Gross: $1.61M

14. Jane (II) (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick

Votes: 2,973 | Gross: $1.72M

15. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Drama

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 56,402 | Gross: $2.06M

16. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,002 | Gross: $1.51M

17. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 29,264

18. Quest (II) (2017)

104 min | Documentary, Family, Music

88 Metascore

A husband and wife live in an impoverished neighborhood in north Philadelphia while they raise their daughter and run a recording studio in their basement.

Director: Jonathan Olshefski | Stars: Christopher Rainey, Christine'a Rainey, P.J. Rainey, William Withers

Votes: 225 | Gross: $0.05M

19. Crime + Punishment (2018)

112 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

A group of brave NYPD officers risk it all to expose the truth about illegal quota practices in police departments.

Director: Stephen Maing | Stars: Manuel 'Manny' Gomez, Sandy Gonzales, Rukia Lumumba

Votes: 438 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Cutie and the Boxer (2013)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Director: Zachary Heinzerling | Stars: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara, Alex Shinohara, Ethan Cohen

Votes: 4,306 | Gross: $0.20M

21. Shirkers (2018)

97 min | Documentary

88 Metascore

A woman explores the events surrounding a film she and her friends began making with a mysterious stranger decades ago.

Director: Sandi Tan | Stars: Sandi Tan, Jasmine Kin Kia Ng, Philip Cheah, Sophia Siddique Harvey

Votes: 2,857

22. McQueen (2018)

R | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

84 Metascore

The life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen: from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line and his untimely death.

Directors: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui | Stars: Bernard Arnault, Joseph Bennett, Detmar Blow, Isabella Blow

Votes: 4,721 | Gross: $1.26M

23. They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)

TV-MA | 98 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Alan Cumming, Peter Bogdanovich, Oja Kodar, Orson Welles

Votes: 3,002

24. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 30,160 | Gross: $17.54M

25. The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Randall Adams, David Ray Harris, Gus Rose, Jackie Johnson

Votes: 19,764 | Gross: $1.21M

26. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 58,507 | Gross: $3.97M

27. Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018)

TV-MA | 115 min | Documentary

This documentary chronicles the life of Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) from his early years in Chicago, to his time in Poland and Los Angeles, and his artistic and political contributions to the world.

Director: Irek Dobrowolski | Stars: Stanislav Szukalski, Glenn Bray, Robert Williams, Suzanne Williams

Votes: 1,969

28. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

87 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Joan Ann Archer, Janet Armstrong, Neil Armstrong

Votes: 3,584 | Gross: $8.66M

29. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Music

78 Metascore

A portrait of genius music composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Director: Stephen Nomura Schible | Star: Ryuichi Sakamoto

Votes: 731 | Gross: $0.12M

30. Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

78 Metascore

A Late Night comedy writer stumbles upon a hilarious, hidden world of entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man. With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Jello Biafra, and more.

Director: Dava Whisenant | Stars: David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Susan Stroman

Votes: 388

31. Infinite Football (2018)

70 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

They talk about the beautiful game, but for Laurentiu Ginghina, it's not enough. Football must be modified, streamlined, freed from restraints; corners are to be rounded off, players ... See full summary »

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu | Stars: Laurentiu Ginghina, Corneliu Porumboiu

Votes: 200

32. Bisbee '17 (2018)

PG | 112 min | Documentary, Western

87 Metascore

An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.

Director: Robert Greene | Stars: Mike Anderson, Charles Bethea, Ken Boe, Benjamin Joel Caron

Votes: 228 | Gross: $0.12M

33. Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018)

TV-PG | 205 min | Documentary

Elvis Presley's evolution as a musician and a man.

Director: Thom Zimny | Stars: Steve Allen, Ann-Margret, Chet Atkins, Chris Bearde

Votes: 876

34. The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (2018 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 259 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Judd Apatow presents an emotional two-part in-depth look at the life, career and complex internal struggles of his loving mentor, the influential stand-up comedian and actor Garry Shandling, based on Shandling's personal diaries.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow, Kevin Nealon, Mike Shandling

Votes: 1,210

35. Charm City (2018)

TV-MA | 108 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, CHARM CITY delivers an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of those left on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion... See full summary »

Director: Marilyn Ness | Stars: Dante Barksdale, Monique Brown, Clayton Gunton, Tia Latrell

Votes: 56 | Gross: $0.03M

36. Dead Souls (2018)

495 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

A dozen aging survivors are interviewed from Jiabiangou, a complex of three work camps in Northwest China where supposed rightists were sent for re-education in the 1950s and 1960s under Mao Zedong.

Director: Bing Wang

Votes: 91



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